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Effects of parental leave and work hours on fathers' involvement with their babies: evidence from the millennium cohort study

Tanaka, Sakiko and Waldfogel, Jane (2007) Effects of parental leave and work hours on fathers' involvement with their babies: evidence from the millennium cohort study. Community, Work and Family, 10 (4). pp. 409-426. ISSN 1366-8803

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Abstract

Using data from the first wave of the Millennium Cohort Study, covering a large birth cohort of children in the UK at age 8 to 12 months, this paper examines the effects of leave-taking and work hours on fathers’ involvement in four specific types of activities: being the main caregiver; changing diapers; feeding the baby; and getting up during the night. We also investigate the effects of policies on fathers’ leave-taking and work hours. We find that taking leave and working shorter hours are related to fathers being more involved with the baby, and that policies affect both these aspects of fathers’ employment behaviour. Thus, we conclude that policies that provide parental leave or shorter work hours could increase fathers’ involvement with their young children.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ccwf20
Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 13:54
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43716/

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